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What does Tracy-Ann Oberman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
At first I wasn't sure I could listen to hours of her sort of gushy semi whispered fast speech, but it grows and grows on you until she seamlessly becomes the character and protagonist, Gaby Mortimer. By the end of the book, I could not imagine it being narrated successfully by anyone else.
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I purchased this book about six months ago, and like most audiobooks I buy, I did not re-read the summary to remind myself why I purchased it. The main character, Gaby, spent a lot of time in the early ⅓ of the book doing a lot of navel gazing about herself, her career as a TV daytime host, and her love life with her husband. One day, while out running she finds the body of a murdered young woman on the common and from here the story starts to build and become really interesting. By the time I was half way through the book, I found it hard to put down, not having any idea where it was heading.
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This is a first class mystery suspense story which is extremely well written; the prose, intelligent and descriptive. The main characters are very well fleshed out and totally believable. This book is so much more that just a murder mystery; it explores the relationship between a husband and wife and how it changes over time and many other themes are explored as well; friendship, loyalty and the meaning of life. I thoroughly recommend this book to those you enjoy well written prose and multilayered themes.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Don't be put off by the detached voice of the narrator, cold like that of a news reader. Hang in there, and you'll be in for a big surprise. The voice will warm up, the pace of the events increase, and you will suddenly reach a surprising finale. I did not see it coming and that's what I expect from a good thriller. Very satisfactory listening.
I read and enjoyed Sabine Durrant's previous novels a few years ago so was pleased to see she had finally written another. This is quite different to her previous books and even better. I was so absolutely gripped by this, I listened over 2 days and want to listen all over again! Like all the best thrillers the plot twists and turns so many times that you are never sure who to believe and who to suspect. The characterisation is excellent and believable, it's very tightly plotted and there's some humour there too. Tracy-Ann Oberman's
narration is perfect. She has a wonderfully rich voice that really draws you into this novel.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
I bought this book on a whim with a refunded credit; I really cannot say why. What I can say, with total certainty, is that I'm extremely glad that I did.
It is a psychological whodunnit, centred on the inexplicable murder of a Polish nanny, whose corpse is discovered in a fairly public place by the female presenter of a daytime magazine-type programme. Naturally, the police become involved and the plot twists and turns from this point onwards. The quasi-psychological denouement is built up, not gradually as most novels of this type are apt to do, but in steps and plateaux. This is refreshingly different, although I cannot say much more without spoiling the story for others.
The story is written in the first person and the narration is a perfect rendition of the main character's thoughts, actions and, more than anything, her feelings and emotions. The other main characters are the cliche'd personae of the high-flying city lawyer, the Eastern European nanny, the world-weary Met police inspector, the newspaper hack and the upper middle class Home Counties best friend. Whilst they might be cliche'd characters, they are expertly cracked open and their quirks, foibles and flaws are laid bare and dissected.
In conclusion, I really cannot recommend this book highly enough, but with the caveat that it is not really suited to anyone without a fondness for fictional crime/detective novels. I have awarded the full five starts, both over all and for the superb narration. I have, perhaps, been a touch harsh on the plot and marked it down to four stars. The reason for this is that there are not only a small number of non sequiturs in the peripheral story line, but also the occasional poor construction of language; this broke the rhythm of the prose. As I have said in many previous reviews, this is my review and I dare say that this small criticism is purely subjective and is the direct result of my own "taste and fancy".
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I wish you had a better narrator
A narrator plays a big role in an audiobook
Was very slow in the beginning. I really struggled with the narrating in the beginning but realise towards the end that it was suited. The twist was great and didn't see it coming but found the rest of the story was hard to get into, I just wanted to finish it to see who did it.